Duly Quoted: Police Chief Mark Saunders Apologizes for Bathhouse Raids

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Duly Quoted: Police Chief Mark Saunders Apologizes for Bathhouse Raids

Thirty-five years later, LGBTQ communities get their "sorry."

“The 35th anniversary of the 1981 raids is a time when the Toronto Police Service expresses its regret for those very actions. It is also an occasion to acknowledge the lessons learned about the risks of treating any part of Toronto’s many communities as not fully a part of society. Recognizing diversity requires consistently renewed proactive strategies and reaching out to communities, and vigilance in challenging stereotypes. Policing requires building mutual trust, and that means forging links to the full range of communities that make up this extraordinary city.”

—Police Chief Mark Saunders, at the Toronto Police Service’s 2016 Pride reception, apologizes for the bathhouse raids of 1981 and 2000. Both raids saw members of LGBTQ communities humiliated and undermined by police for their identities.

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